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. ♪ >>> tonight the first of three debates takes place between president obama and mitt romney starting at 6:00 right here. brandi hitt has more. >> reporter: the last time president obama and mitt romney met face-to-face was during the 2008 campaign season many tonight, four years later, they meet again in their first presidential debate, it is a critical moment with the race still very close according to the latest poll. >> mitt romney has to show up and be competent and compassionate and connect with the audience. the president is about mannerisms and style. >> reporter: while the candidates go through last minute debate preps, a speech obama gave in 2007 has resurfaced conservative website posted the entire video last night. critics call itacily disive. he contrastedhow families in new orleans were treated by the government after hurricane katrina coaredto new yo city redents ater 91 >> wt isappening in new orleans. where is your dollars? where is your money? makes no sense. tells me the bullet hasn't been taken out. [ applause tells me that somehow the people in new orleans they don't
selling nours on union square for squix years and not a experter of president obama but he does see what is happening on the street. >> worst is or. >>reporter: the president the new numbers shift aattention ayfrom lack luster performance and positive news on what is the single biggest issue in the election. >> more americans enter the work force. more people getting jobs. >>reporter: outside this store carpenter dan says jobs may low wage. may part-time. but at least they are there. >> it's slowly coming back. will take a couple more years. >>reporter: presidential election we have seen it's the direction of the economy that moves voters and there is one more reporting period before election day, october numbers will be out november the second. 4 days before the election. in the newsroom, abc 7 news. >>> there are questions abou those new jonumbers ansome pele haveven suggested conspira theies. jothan karlpent the day tracking down the pple who crch the unemployment numbers. >> as soon as the new 7. 8% unemployment rate announced limbaugh and other conservative said the white
>>> i have been in business for 25 years. i have no idea what you are talking about. >> five weeks before the election, he is saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> president obama and mitt romney duke it out over the economy in the first debate of three. good evening. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. a particularly strong showing from mitt romney tonight on key topics ranging from the economy to health care. >> abc7 news political reporter mark matthews is here with a look at this first big match up. >> no knockout punches tonight, nothing we will see over and over again on television, but mitt romney did what he needed to do. mitt romney ran to the middle saying lowering the tax rates for wealthy americans would not lower the amount of taxes they pay. >> my view is we should provide tax relief to those in the middle class. but i am not going to reduce the share of taxes paid by high income people. >> romney said he would close tax loopholes and limit the de tucks -- deductions to the risk. >> it is knot possible to come up with enough deductions and loopholes that
rate is the lowest since president obama took office. karen travers is in washington with the impact. >> reporter: could this be a game-changer in the presidential race? for the first time in nearly four years the unemployment rate fell below 8%. unlike previous months when the rate dropped because people gave up looking for work. this was due to substantial increase in employment. >> most folks are going to work, they believe enough in this economy to seek or get jobs that's really significant. >> reporter: the nation added 114,000 jobs in september, modest number about wt economists were expecting. the government reported upward revision for july and august. 86,000 jobs added over those two months. after president obama's weak debate performance wednesday, democrats are hoping this positive economic news can be a potential boost. >> the president: today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to sre a few political points. it is a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: mitt romney responded to the jobs report, this is no
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